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Scott Ranck

Scott Ranck started his career in building with two years of training in residential construction at Williamsport Area Community College now Pennsylvania School of Technology. After his training, Mr. Ranck was involved with both residential and commercial construction for the next twenty years. Scott has now focused his building background toward becoming a resource on residential and commercial energy issues. Mr. Ranck is a RESNET HERS energy rater, an ENERGY STAR Rating Partner, a small commercial and public building energy rater and attained his CEA (Certified Energy Auditor) and CEM (Certified Energy Manager) through the Association of Energy Engineers. He is employed by Florida Public Utilities Corporation. Mr. Ranck chairs the Florida Natural Gas Association’s Energy Code Team. He is a founding board member and Past President of the Building Energy Assessment Professionals, a Florida registered trade association. Mr. Ranck has done energy presentations for builders, builder associations, architects, utilities, and energy conferences all over the state.
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Why You Should Have An Energy Check-Up This Year

Posted by Scott Ranck on Dec 29, 2017 9:23:32 AM

Florida Public Utilities offers Free Energy Check-Ups to all our natural gas and electric customers. Also referred to as energy audits, Free Energy Check-Ups allow us to generate a personalized analysis of your home’s or business’s energy usage. Here are four reasons why you should sign up for a Free Energy Check-Up this year! 

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Topics: Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Rebates, Free Energy Check-Ups, FPU Energy Experts, Energy savings

4 Reasons Why Your Utility Costs Can Rise In The Winter

Posted by Scott Ranck on Dec 29, 2017 9:19:54 AM

Fortunately, winter is often our shortest season in Florida. However, every year at this time, utilities all over the country begin getting calls concerning energy bills that seem overly high to consumers. In this blog, I will give you four reasons you may experience an elevated bill. 

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Topics: Energy Conservation, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Water Heaters, FPU Energy Experts, Energy savings

Natural Gas Impacts on New Construction With Florida V. 6 Building Code

Posted by Scott Ranck on Dec 28, 2017 2:55:10 PM

The new Florida Building Code, V. 6 goes into effect for all homes permitted after December 31, 2017. We ran some simulations to see the impact natural gas could have on helping a builder meet the Florida Energy Code Compliance, as well as the impacts on the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score.

The HERS score is a national standard builders use to market their energy efficient homes. Here is the impact bringing natural gas to your home or development can do. Here are the top three findings to this research.

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Topics: Energy Conservation, Natural Gas, natural gas appliances, florida, New Construction

FPU Offers Free Energy Presentation By Senior Energy Specialist for 2018

Posted by Scott Ranck on Dec 21, 2017 12:25:35 PM

I’d like to make you an offer. How would you like to have a dynamic energy presentation for your group? I am now accepting bookings for 2018. Some of the groups I have presented to over the years include elementary, middle or high school groups, college classes, trade schools, Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, Boy Scouts, Home Builder Associations, Home Builders, Architects, and REALTORS. I’ve also been a featured speaker at the Southeast Builders Conference, The AIA Architects Convention and a variety of Green Conferences.
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Topics: Natural Gas, propane, natural gas appliances, florida, outdoor living, propane appliances, gas spa heater, gas patio heater, outdoor gas appliances, gas fire pit, gas pool heater

3 Ways To Extend Your Summer Activities Using Gas

Posted by Scott Ranck on Nov 8, 2017 10:51:35 AM

Many people live in Florida to enjoy the summer-like weather, especially in the spring and fall. Unfortunately, many of us have gotten spoiled by swimming in water that is at least 86° and anything cooler feels cold to us. In this blog, I will give you three ways to extend your summer season for at least a few months using either natural gas or propane equipment. The desire is to fully enjoy the outside activities as the temperature begins to dip moderately.
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Topics: Natural Gas, propane, natural gas appliances, florida, outdoor living, propane appliances, gas spa heater, gas patio heater, outdoor gas appliances, gas fire pit, gas pool heater

3 Ways To Save Energy Costs At Home While Vacationing

Posted by Scott Ranck on Oct 16, 2017 9:50:15 AM

Many of us make sure our homes are secure when we are going away on vacation but how many consider ways to save money on the utilities while you are away? In this blog, I will give you three ways to save some money on your home energy costs to give you some extra to spend on vacation.
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Topics: Energy savings

3 Best Practices for Understanding Electrical Power Outages and Restoration

Posted by Scott Ranck on Sep 18, 2017 4:28:06 PM

Florida just was hit by Hurricane Irma causing the single largest power outage and recovery of its kind in the history of the United States. We are accustomed to having electricity without interruption 24/7 in our country. In this blog, I want to give a basic understanding of why our power goes out whether because of a small thing or a major disaster like a hurricane.

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Topics: electric, safety, hurricane, Hurricane Preparedness, power outage, restoration

3 Tips To Protect Your Home From Mold

Posted by Scott Ranck on Sep 6, 2017 11:58:11 AM

Florida is a hot, humid climate. For those of us in the sunshine state, these high humidity levels make it more difficult to keep our homes dry. Yet it’s important to eliminate moisture from the home in order to prevent mold. Here are three tips to protect your house from mold.

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Topics: mold prevention, mold damage, reducing moisture inside the house, indoor humidity, energy-efficiency rebates, air conditioner

3 Unusual Issues That Can Affect Your Air Conditioner

Posted by Scott Ranck on Aug 11, 2017 3:40:29 PM

In a recent experience with a family member’s air conditioner, I learned a few new lessons about air conditioner failure. Here are three unique insights that  may help you diagnose your unit when it doesn’t cool properly.

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Topics: air conditioning

Ask The Energy Expert: Hurricane Preparedness

Posted by Scott Ranck on Jul 18, 2017 11:57:46 AM

There are three primary ways hurricanes do damage. First, is wind damage. Just the sheer force of 75 mile an hour winds or above sustained for several hours can do major damage. Second, is the residual effect of wind, flying debris and downed trees. Finally, flooding can be a major concern, not just in flood prone areas but even in low areas near your home. In preparing for potential hurricanes it is very important to step back and evaluate your entire property and identify which areas need attention. Let’s consider these three areas in relationship to your property.

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Topics: Hurricane Preparedness

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